This is a popular feature piece here at the IBI that specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. The focus often times can be on the top 50 or so prospects in the organization, but there are some interesting players scattered throughout the system who are interesting and deserve to be talked about as well.
Each week through the end of the season I will profile a player so that people can learn a little more about them. Today we will take a look at left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully. What kind of prospect is he? How is his stuff? What kind of future does he have as a prospect? I provide some information on all of that and more below...
Name: Tanner Tully
Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Current team: Low-A Lake County Captains
2016 Stats: 13 G, 4-1, 1.17 ERA, 46.0 IP, 32 H, 11 R (6 ER), 0 HR, 9 BB, 26 K
Facts & Info: Tully was selected by the Indians in the 26th round of the 2016 Draft out of the Ohio State University and was signed for $100,000. In 17 appearances with Ohio State last year he went 8-3 with a 2.59 ERA and in 107.2 innings allowed 98 hits, 3 home runs, 23 walks and had 78 strikeouts. He finished first in the Big Ten in innings pitched and was a First Team All-Big Ten selection. He fell a few innings short of qualifying for the NY-Penn League ERA title last season as with about 15 more innings he would have ranked first in the league.
Stuff: Tully pitches with a fringy average fastball that sits at 87-89 MPH and will touch 92 MPH on occasion. Even without a lot of velocity he shows an ability to get some random swing and miss with his fastball thanks to some deception and run to it where he gets it above the barrel and hands of hitters. He flips in a solid curveball that he shows a good feel for and a developing changeup with the ability to add and subtract from both pitches. His changeup has two movements where it will cut or sink – which is something the Indians are trying to iron out to determine which version works best and will be beneficial for him.
Delivery & Intangibles: Tully's motion is simple and the Indians have likened it to a young Denny Neagle, and he shows the ability to start because of how well his delivery works, how he repeats it really well and his good arm action. He really shows a good ability to throw strikes and controls the zone well.
Focus: While Tully mostly features his fastball and curveball, he is working to refine his changeup to get it around the zone more consistently and to get better late movement with it. He is under-sized at 6’0” though has a solid build at 200 pounds, so the Indians will continue to work on his body to get it stronger to see if more endurance, flexibility and strength results in a jump in his stuff and velocity.
Future: Tully was a man of many roles last season as he pitched out of the rotation and bullpen in his pro debut and really put forth an eye opening showing. He didn’t strike very many batters out (5.1 K/9), but he did a nice job limiting traffic on the bases via walks (1.8 BB/9) or hits (.191 BAA). His strong performance and the ability to throw strikes are things that helped him get a little more noticed last season and built some momentum going into this season where he opened at Low-A Lake County.